in january of last year, hubby and i joined our friends in a mission.  we spent a day with underprivileged children in two of the poorest communities in manila.  nothing could have prepared us for the experience but we came away humbled, grounded and our hearts filled with gratitude.

joyful souls…

joyful souls

joyful souls

gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world – john milton


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19 Responses to gratitude

  1. Amy says:

    I am so touched by their beautiful smile. Great mission, Lola!

  2. Such sweet little faces, Lola. What a privilege to be able to do something for these needy children.

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Such gorgeous smiles. You have big hearts to do such generous work.

  4. arlene says:

    Look at their sweet smiles. They are our hope for the future. What a lovely message this picture brings 🙂

  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Those children looked very happy to see you. I am sure they lead hard lives, but from their faces it seems that they make the most of each day and move along. Good on you for doing great work over there, I am sure it was quite an experience 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      i’ve never seen such poverly up close and personal, Mabel. it was heartbreaking. but the children are always smiling and very optimistic about life. it must faith. strong faith. 🙂

  6. Imelda says:

    Beautiful smiles. 🙂

  7. restlessjo says:

    Such lovely kids 🙂 It must have been a wonderful experience, LolaWi. I need to find something that I can do to help the world.

    • lolaWi says:

      Jo, it was such a wonderful experience and it totally changed the way i see the world. last Christmas, i started taking our 6 year-old grandson to a family-oriented volunteer work at FMSC. it is fun and rewarding for both adults and kids. 🙂
      check their link and see if you have something similar in the uk.

  8. yprior1 says:

    sounds like a meaningful trip -and really stirred up gratitude – 🙂 and I love the photo – 🙂 those smiles penetrate all social boundaries.

  9. The happy faces of the children reflect their gratitude!!

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